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Elvis Presley. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Pop general. Despite all of the obstacles and subsequent tragedy, this quintet became legendary over the years -- justifiably so -- and developed into a role model for all progressive jazz combos to come.
The combined power of Dolphy and Little -- exploring overt but in retrospect not excessive dissonance and atonality -- made them a target for critics but admired among the burgeoning progressive post-bop scene. With the always stunning shadings of pianist Mal Waldron, the classical-cum-daring bass playing of Richard Davis, and the colorful drumming of alchemistic Ed Blackwell, there was no stopping this group. A heavy tandem line breaks and separates in the horn parts like booster rockets.
Blackwell is even more amazing, and Dolphy's ribald bass clarinet set standards that still influences players of the instrument. Where "The Prophet" is a puckery blues, it is also open armed with minor phrasings and stretched harmonics. I'm not going to pretend this has Lester Young like levels of musicality but it never gets scary. I always feel Booker Little and Eric Dolphy are in control and know where they are taking us and i trust them to find their way back. This is a level of experimentation I can accept and enjoy as jazz moves forward.
One of the keys that make this album so fresh is Dolphy's ability to switch from flute to alto sax or bass clarinet and back. It gives much more variety than you'll find with most quintets. Little is a fine trumpet player and you can't help but wonder what might have been if he hadn't died three months after this recording. Jazz is overwhelming for many of us part time listeners. It's also available as three separate CDs but, if you like one, you're going to want all three.
Actually, Prestige did release a box set of three LPs, which I had at one time. Not sure the date. For years the three CDs have been floating around separately of this great concert, so it was only a matter of time before it would be brought back together in a box set. I just wish Prestige would release all the material from that concert, and box it up nicely with an expanded booklet to go with it, as was the case with the albums.
It was really a beautiful set. Until then this is a very welcome release. I only wish that Windows Media Player could correctly identify this album. Have the original albums Can maybe see now why some original reviews were bad wonder what Larkin thought of it Not qualified to judge transfer to CD though i feel i'd prefer the vinyl if push came to shove.
Buy it if you love Eric like i do Best by Dubai-Bunnies. Fire Waltz. Bee Vamp. The Prophet. At The Five Spot, Volume 1. Prestige , New Jazz , New Jazz. Sell This Version. Sonny Rollins. Joe Zawinul The Zawinul Syndicate. Genres: Jazz. Music Categories: Jazz Instrument: Saxophone. Eric Dolphy. John Coltrane. The Duprees. Andy Williams.
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